Monday, May thirteenth, was not the typical day—it was not just another day consumed by precipitation and filled with rain—it was not a day filled with lucid despair, rather a day possessed by the perils of a trans-Pacific trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Monday, May thirteenth, was the day NASDAQ Composite plummeted 638 points, setting grounds for the world’s next global financial crisis, and begging the questions: how will this trade war impact us not only economically but diplomatically?

       Currently, President Trump is escalating a trade war with China, as he adds twenty-five billion in tariffs, setting the stage for a global crisis. The United States and the People’s Republic of China have the world’s two highest gross domestic products; thereby, a trade war between these two countries would be catastrophic, as not only would the Chinese and American markets be affected, but those of other countries as well. 

       This trade war is extraordinarily self-punitive, as the United States agricultural sector, which makes up the majority of our country, is already in disarray after this spring’s floods.

       Furthermore, the United States has a tumultuous history with China, as China abets the North Koreans. During the Korean War, the then Republic of China launched an invasion of one million soldiers, pushing American forces back to the thirty-eighth parallel, which separates North and South Korea. 

        The United States has always been the country promoting world peace, advocating for democracy and offering aid to its allies, while attacking those who inflict the horrors of oppression among the masses. From Woodrow Wilson’s infamous 14 Points Address and peace negotiations at the the Treaty Of Versailles to Truman and his efforts in creating NATO, the United States has always been the peacemaker. However, Donald Trump has started a new leave in American History, an aberration from what Americans love and know, a departure from long standing precedent and idealism, as Donald Trump has decided to start the war rather than end it.

      Trump has repeatedly called Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man,” stating that he will not have discussions with North Korea unless they denuclearize. Although the President proclaims to be the epitome of a negotiator, he seems to not have done research, as Kim Jong Un has been building airports. He has been building key transportation infrastructure, as he intends to open North Korea to the rest of the planet, perhaps ending the ages of a dark communist regime and fulfilling the DPRK’s mission of uniting the two Korea’s. Furthermore, do to his will to open up to the rest of the world, the United States should lift sanctions on North Korea, which would not only encourage them to denuclearize, but could gain the United States a key ally in the event of a militant conflict with China, providing benefits for both the United States and North Korea.

      For years the United States has had mounting tensions with Iran, derived from the abuse and torture their people endure. Today, tension between Iran is at an all time high, as both countries prepare for war. Our world is fulfilled with tension, consumed by the constant silent geopolitical war between countries. However, while these tensions are frequented, they are quite dangerous. These tensions can lead to militant conflict. Today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would partially evacuate its embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as the consulate in Erbil, Iran amidst elevated tensions between the two countries. However, although these actions ensure the lives of American diplomats, they see the grounds for war, elevating prerequisite tensions.

     The President of the United States is elected to protect the people, upholding the Constitution of the United States. Protecting the people in the United States entails foreign policy and relationships with other countries and allies. President Trump has attacked our allies and threatened to leave some of the world’s most important organizations. President Trump has started trade wars, which have hurt the American agricultural sector and the American people, for no trade war will bring back manual labor when robots and technology replace human labor. Rather than reminiscing on the Gilded Age, President Trump should explore solutions which bolster our economy for centuries to come, pushing education and encouraging the expansion of our knowledge on technology that will skyrocket the United States into a new era.

Perhaps President Trump should value his relationships with other countries, understanding that his foreign policy deeply affects the people which rely on the President to protect the country.

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